Three-Disc "Spider-Man" Set Fails To Please

Sony has decided to unleash two different double dips for their favourite cash cow, Spider-Man. This release is the same two-disc set which first saw the light of day way back in September 2002, but Sony has added exclusive third disc. In an effort which was presumably aimed to annoy thier fanbase, a Superbit of […]

"Slayers" Premium It Is Not

The Slayers is a cult favorite, having captivated fans with the wacky adventures of Lina Inverse for years. One of the more interesting thing about Lina’s story is its oddball continuity: It seems to take place in two different universes. One exists in the movie/OAVs, which pair Lina up with the well-endowed Naga the Serpent. […]

"Triplets of Belleville": From Tour de France to Visual Tour de Force

Sometimes a movie comes along that is just so far out there that it defies description. Puni Puni Poemy for one. If Sylvain Chomet’s Triplets of Belleville does not go quite so far off the deep end, it definitely is a serious curve ball. Nearly unconventional to a fault, this fascinating French animated film lost […]

"Cardcaptor Sakura": The Sealed Card Also Seals the TV Dub Away

Cardcaptor Sakura is yet another anime with a troubled US history. When it aired on Kids WB, the series was aired out-of-order, the voice cast sounded older than they were supposed to, and the series tried to focus more towards Li than Sakura. Though the original Japanese version was released separately, fans still wished for […]

Fatal Disc Error: "ReBoot" Boots Up a Bumpy Season 4

ReBoot has had a troubled past. It enjoyed good ratings on ABC before being canned by Disney. The third season wasn’t even shown in the US until Toonami accquired it. After getting monster ratings on that block and on Canada’s YTV, a fourth season was produced. It currently looks like we won’t be gettiing a […]

New "Birdman" Pans When He Can't Get A Tan

A new Sunday brings a new Harvey Birdman and a new batch of quick reviews. In “SPF,” Harvey is hired by Dingaling, who tries to set up a website for his fans and is upset to find that a porn site is already squatting on the domain name. (Hmmm. Toon Zone knows what that’s like. […]

New "Birdman" Is Anything But Speedy

“High Speed Buggy Chase” has Harvey defending the talking jalopy on reckless driving charges. Toon Zone’s critics pop the hood and run a diagnostic. Matt Wilson As sluggish as the original Hanna-Barbera Speed Buggy cartoon it takes off of, Harvey Birdman‘s “High Speed Buggy Chase” is a sputtering jalopy that out of gas before it […]

"Fruits Basket": Take a Break From Superpowered Fighters

Tohru Honda, a warrior from the Saiyan race… no, that’s not it. Tohru Honda, after awakening from cryogenic slumber… no, that’s Blue Gender. Accepted into the Galaxy Police? Nope. A legendary thief? Too goody-goody to steal. Super-powered officer armed with lipstick? Er, not going to happen. Tohru’s just a girl. No special powers. When her […]

Kuromi May Have Run Away, But Anime Fans Won't

What do you get when you take a fresh-out-of-college aspiring animator and throw her into pure chaos? A typical day in Studio Petit, that’s what — or Animation Runner Kuromi. For Mikiko Oguro, her dream of working on an animation masterpiece comes crashing down when, on her first day, the head of Time Journeys Episode […]

"Tokyo Godfathers": Homeless Where the Heart Is

If there were ever an indication that the Academy Awards voters are a few bricks short of a load, it was their decision to nominate Brother Bear but not Tokyo Godfathers for best animated picture in 2003. Disney’s amiably average tale comes nowhere close to the magnificent artistry of Satoshi Kon’s latest film. One must […]

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